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CES 2016 Tour d'Horizon
Since 1967, the Consumer Electronic Show has been the world’s hotspot for unveiling electronic innovations on the brink of their introduction to mainstream users. The videocassette recorder, the compact disc or the Tablet, as well as Netbooks and Android Devices have all been revealed to the public at CES. In our super-fast paced tech world where time is of essence, this event gathered more than 150 000 attendees and 3500 companies in 2016. Polidea had to be part of it!
The first impression that struck us, when we arrived at the location, was the overwhelming scope and size of the event. It felt like entering into a real-life ant colony, packed with la creme de la creme of tech powerhouses, innovative startups, companies that both imagine and create the future. It felt like the event had gathered all the best and brightest minds in this very one place. Everywhere where we set our eyes (and we are talking here about an expo area of 200,000 square meters, or 20 football fields!), there seemed to be a piece of software or hardware which deserved interest (well, nearly everywhere). Truly a mind-bugger when you are looking for business opportunities. As to be expected, the solutions which were the most trendy and gathered the biggest crowd in this CES 2016 edition were related to car automation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, health, drones and the IoT (home automation, home appliances, wearables, etc..). Quite naturally, those developing areas also made our heads turn a lot. Along the way, we met some really interesting forthcoming tech companies that got our full attention:
Everything started when Nicki Boyd met brothers Jon and Chris Boggiano on the campus of Stanford University. And it was their common passion for education that got them interested in the language learning process and made them wonder how it could be improved. Thanks to the work of a famous psychologist, Dr. Anne Fernald, they realized that language skills processing and steady vocabulary acquisition were key in toddlers’ brain development. Eventually, after tons of research the trio came out with a venture idea that we truly liked: The Starling. The Starling is a word-tracking device, designed to be worn by babies non stop, which counts everything that is said to the baby. The connected app will then give feedback to the parents on how to improve the quality of interactions with the infant to set him on the right learning path from the youngest age. Check them out here
As smart watches almost completely disappeared this year at CES, they left a considerable amount of space for other tech companies producing wearables to shine through. One of them was Misfit, a brand which not only delivers smart activity monitors, but which makes sure that their products are beautifully crafted and designed. This is the sign that wearables are not anymore only targeted to tech savvies but to a wider audience which cares about fashion. It also sends us a clear message that new technologies are becoming more and more present in our everyday consumer products and Misfit is one of the best examples of this ongoing process. On the top of that, Misfit has a made available the rich open SDK of their existing products. A really smart move which opens the door to some really interesting B2B interactions. You can check them out here
Kinsa Ear Thermometer
The health sector representation at CES was truly astounding. Hundreds of startups which gathered are working towards remodeling the way we perceive healthcare. Our favorite innovation was the Kinsa Ear Thermometer with it’s simple, yet genius idea. Taking your temperature like any other thermometer, the device is synchronized to an app, which will ask the user all possible questions concerning their condition and then guide them to take action towards recovery. Of course, this piece of tech is not replacing your family doctor, however it is a step forwards the automation of medicine. Find out more about them here
As we all know, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Our fridge will soon tell us what to eat, and our hoovers where to clean. The Internet of (smart) Things was surely one of the leading sectors at CES 2016. And Silvair was the company standing out within the area of home automation. Using the reliable Mesh Bluetooth technology, they are smartening the way people can use their lighting devices at home. The company has recently partnered with NodOn (wireless home sensor) and Girard Sudron (lighting company) to deliver a complete smart lighting ecosystem. Thanks to them you will never forget to turn off your lamps again and will never walk in the dark anymore. You can find out more about them here
We left Las Vegas after 3 days, with the feeling that we had set foot in the future. The evolution of devices and technologies towards an unparalleled user experience blew our minds. Being at CES 2016 and witnessing all of this with our own eyes also reinsured us that Polidea’s has strategized the capabilities in the industry. We feel that we are at the right place at the right moment with the right people!
- JakubChairman & FounderJakub studied Computer Science at AGH University of Science and Technology. He also graduated from the Advanced Management Program at IESE's Business School, which gave him a non-engineering insight into business matters. Jakub co-founded Polidea and was its CEO for 8 years. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, actively involved in key and strategic decisions.